Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd, NIGCOMSAT, has commenced talks with Lockheed Martins of America and GMV of Spain, both satellite company providers on the possibility of providing a 2nd generation Satellite Based Augmentation System, SBAS.
The talks, according to a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Department of NIGCOMSAT, Adamu Idris, aligns with the mandate of the organisation towards providing seamless connectivity and satellite solutions through innovations.
“The 2nd generation SBAS is a global effort, which seeks to distribute ownership across regions, towards mitigating constraints experienced with the 1stgeneration SBAS in areas of technology, cost and regional politics,” Idris stated.
The meeting which was held at the Ground Control Station of NIGCOMSAT Ltd Abuja, observed that the 2nd generation SBAS is based on a Multi Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellations on dual frequency broadcast otherwise known as dual frequency multi-constellation (DFMC).
Executive Director, Technical Services, Engr. Kolawole Kassim Raji, who represented the Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Abimbola Alale, stressed “that the join collaborative effort will create opportunity for new business model across multiple countries, especially multi-modal applications in the aviation and maritime sector with optimization of rationalized ground infrastructure.”
According to the agreement, the SBAS global advantage include but not limited to superior performance, lower costs and elimination of dependency on one GNSS constellation for services and applications.
Also speaking, the representative of Lockheed Martins, Mr. Robert Jackson, expressed optimism that the discussion will be fruitful for the benefit of enhancing the space spinoff.
When finally endorsed, it is expected that the agreement would touch on vast services and applications; including precision agriculture, construction, medicine, rail, road, maritime, mining, cattle rearing spatial and utilities.
Lockheed Martins was represented by Mr. Robert L. Jackson, while Mr. Miguel M. Romay Executive Director, GNSS Aerospace represented GMV. Representatives of NIGCOMSAT at the meeting include; Engr. Kolawale Kassim Raji, Barr. Samson Osagie and Alhaji Lema Abubakar.